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Curling and math

Phil Brackmann: math

By Aleana Branigan ’17
From the Spring 2016 Cadets Magazine

All you need to know about math, you can learn from curling. Well, maybe not everything, but, according to Phil Brackmann, you can learn a lot. 

“I joined NHS (National Honor Society) in going curling last winter here in town. That was a lot of fun,” he said. “Having fun and talking about the math involved with some of my students was a blast. Because I did the curling activity here at school, kids knew about my love for curling and asked if I would join in the trip.”  

Brackmann graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in 2004 and went on to Indiana Wesleyan University where he played basketball for four years while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in math education. 

After graduation, he began teaching at Churubusco High School for five years. But an open position at his alma mater drove him back to Concordia in 2013. 

“I looked forward to the opportunity of coming back and serving here,” he said. “Concordia was a big part of my life, and I hope to impact students the same way the teachers here impacted my life.” 

Along with teaching, Brackmann is the assistant coach for the varsity boys basketball team. 

As for the future, Brackmann is working toward his master’s degree in educational leadership, which he hopes to complete this June. After that, he says that God will guide him to either continue teaching or to go into administration.